The book cover is finished — thanks to Happy Self Publishing

October 3, 2016

The Hypothyroid Writer book by Sarah Lentz
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The book cover for The Hypothyroid Writer is finished!

Here it is! The Happy Self Publishing team has created a cover that makes me gladder than ever that I asked them to design one for me. 

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I was a little nervous about asking them to make more changes to the cover after they’d sent me three different sets of covers for my review, changing each set according to my input and what I gathered from Facebook polls.

But when I looked at the first set, I couldn’t help wondering how it would look if we changed the font for Hypothyroid — and the font color — to match the ones I use for my blog header. Before they made the changes, the final cover would have looked like this:

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And, honestly, it looks great. And I almost went with it. But I still felt this lingering discomfort with it. So, while I will freely admit that I’m not a cover designer and that the HSP team designed a cover that stomps all over the wannabe-designer book cover idea I sent them, I think it’s important for the author to love the cover — so much that they wouldn’t change a thing. 

And with this cover — the almost final cover — I wanted to change a couple things. Granted, authors are good for finding things they want to change before letting the book go and publishing it. But it pays to listen to that voice that says, “I think I know exactly what will make this book (or book cover) better than ever.”

Because, as it turns out, I did. That probably sounds arrogant, coming from someone with zero designer cred, but I wanted to find out if my idea for the font and color would make it better, and I decided it was worth it (to me) to pay a little extra to find out. And I’m glad I did. I love the book cover even more, now.

I no longer hear a nagging voice in the back of my mind asking, “But what if we do this, now?” The book cover is finished. And, now, after I go through the book myself again this weekend . . . on to formatting! Monday (10/3/16) is the day.

And I’ve set October 23rd (at least tentatively) as the day for launch, so I’ll also be posting a launch team request the same week my book is being formatted. 

One of my launch team members has already read the book and another has read the first chapter. Both loved it and made me feel on top of the world with their words, and I am so pumped to get this book published at last!

Now, I want to ask you a question: do you want to write a book? Or have you written a book already?

One of my favorite authors, Honoree Corder, has another book out, now, titled, You Must Write a Book, and it’s available now on Amazon (at a price that makes it easy to snap up a copy of your own). Honoree is one of the writers behind The Miracle Morning for Writers, which was the catalyst behind my first book and this blog. So, if you haven’t written — or are writing — a book, do you want to? And, if so, what’s making it hard to get started? 

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By Sarah Lentz

Writing and designing book covers are two of Sarah Lentz's favorite things. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, their four kids, and two messy but adorable guinea pigs.

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